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A selection of training and e-learning modules as well as useful resources.

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Networks

The Alzheimer Society of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) and brainXchange, delivers a series of webinars in both English and French to help health care providers learn about the latest dementia research, resources to support their practice and experiences of people who are living with dementia. Listen to archived webinars at brainXchange.

Dementia Talks! Canada, This digital discussion series centres conversations on dementia, with researchers and people with lived experience sharing their stories, tips and insights.

ASRP Exchange, A webinar series that features innovative, cutting-edge researchers funded through the Alzheimer Society Research Program

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly, NICE offers a wide selection of digital and pocket tools on caregiving, dementia care, elder abuse, end-of-life care, financial literacy and mental health.

Sagelink, the online home of the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health at Providence Care. Sagelink is a web-based resource for geriatric patients, their caregivers and health professionals in south-east Ontario and beyond.

International Psychogeriatric Association, a professional healthcare community promoting better geriatric mental health – across disciplines, across borders, and across geriatric issues.

Resources

Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC)
A campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

Care planning and Decision Making in Dementia: Controversies and Solutions
This presentation uses cases to explore the unique needs of patients and their caregivers when dementia is present and how dementia and frailty interact to inform the decision making process. Presented by brainXchange in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the CCNA.

Driving and Dementia Roadmap. Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging Team 16. Created for people living with dementia, caregivers and healthcare providers, this resource helps users understand how dementia can impact driving; identify when it becomes unsafe for people living with dementia to drive; and adjusting to life without driving. 

Making Decisions: Dementia and Living at Home
A webinar to help decide if an older adult with dementia can stay at home facilitated by Dr. William Dalziel, Professor, Geriatric Medicine, University of Ottawa, Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario.

When Dementia and Abuse Issues Collide: Untangling a Wicked Combination
This webinar presents a brief overview of the current abuse issues that can arise for people living with dementia, and case studies demonstrating how clinicians, policy makers and society can better respond to ensure these issues can be prevented whenever possible. Presented by brainXchange in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the CCNA.

Education modules and eLearning

The Advanced Gerontological Education. A not-for-profit social enterprise that provides a variety of educational products for "enhancing the care of older adults by learning together."

AlzEducate. (Alzheimer Society of Ontario). Offers online courses and webinars for anyone who wants to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Canadian Remote Access for Dementia Learning Experiences (CRADLE). In this course, five seniors share their stories of living with dementia. Care providers will explore evidence-informed, person-centred approaches to supporting a person living with dementia as well as their care partners. The course is designed for unregulated care providers (personal support workers, healthcare aides, continuing care assistants, home support workers, resident aides, home care assistants) working in long-term care homes, retirement living, and home and community settings across Canada. Developed by The Canadian Institute for Seniors Care at Conestoga College.

Cannabis and Older Adults eLearning Modules. Developed for physicians, nurse practitioners, other healthcare providers and healthcare students this elearning resource includes information on assessing appropriateness of medical cannabis for older adults, optimizing communication with older adults about cannabis and monitoring for potential adverse effects of cannabis among older adults. Created by the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health in partnership with Baycrest.

Caregiving Strategies. A collection of educational resources that have been developed and/or curated for family and friend caregivers who provide care and support for seniors experiencing frailty. Created by Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto.

Driving and Dementia e-Learning Module. This free e-learning module addresses the needs of physicians for resources related to driving and dementia, and to help navigate the process of assessing fitness-to-drive, disclosure, reporting and more.

The Foundation for Medical Practice Education. Dedicated to the development, production and evaluation of educational programs for community-based family medicine and general practitioners.

2SLGBTQI Identity and Dementia: An Introduction for Healthcare and Social Service Professionals. An e-module and resources designed for healthcare providers, social work professionals, and other support personnel specializing in the care of people living with dementia. It may also be of interest to anyone working in homecare, community care, or long-term care settings. 

2SLGBTQI Identity and Dementia: An Introduction for Unpaid Carers. An e-module and resources designed for anyone providing unpaid care or support to a 2SLGBTQI person living with dementia. 

Ontario CLRI eLearning Hub. Offers online courses designed to train the current and future long-term care workforce, as well as family members and care partners. Created by the Ontario CLRI.

Supporting Senior Victims of Crime. (MCIS). This training series offers service providers tools and tips to better understand the complexities of working with seniors by identifying their diverse needs, recognizing indicators of violence and abuse, employing tailored intervention strategies, and providing referral services across various sectors.